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excerpts from The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges


Film Music Playlist (20:14)

Tracks:
from Fate of the Nations Soundtrack
[1] Opening (2:10)
[2] Walden (2:24)
[3] Singapore (2:09)
[4] Emerson (4:53)

from Songs From the Tundra Soundtrack
[5] Father was crushed in snow (1:16)
[6] Palace Gates (3:15)
[7] The Herd (1:13)
[8] The Herd (2:58)
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excerpts from The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges


Acoustic Music Playlist (25:33)

Tracks:
[1] Prow's Edge for solo piano (5:12) Peter Gilbert, piano.

from Epigrams
[2] Epigram #1 (0:26)
[3] Epigram #4 (0:53)
[4] Epigram #5 (0:25)
[5] Epigram #7 (0:48)
[6] Epigram #8 (0:27)
Terry Everson, trumpet.

[7] Neñia (6:00)
Elizabeth Weigel, soprano. Daniel Lippel, guitar

[8] excerpt from Be Your Tears Wet (3:00)
Beverly Shin, violin

[9] excerpt from Burn (1:15) The Bang on a Can All-Stars

from Awake & Shine: Three Hymns of New England
[10] Excerpt One (0:48)
[11] Excerpt Two (1:36)
Jesse Mills and Steve Copes, violin. David Yang, viola. Wendy Warner, cello. Dan Lippel, guitar.

[12] Intrada (4:48) SO Percussion Group.
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Electronic Music Playlist (21:16)
Tracks:
from Rituals
[1] Excerpt One (1:44)
[2] Excerpt Two (1:34)

[3] Prelude Fantasy 3 (2:05) Mary Ruth Ray, viola

[4] Passage IV (2:05) Daniel Lippel, guitar

[5] Stop the Presses! (0:57)

[6] excerpt from We Felt the Spirits So Near (2:07)
for improvising instruments and live electronics.
Hillary Zipper, violin. Edgar Barroso, cello. Danny Mekonnen, saxophone. Peter Gilbert, live electronics

[7] Passage IV (2:05) Daniel Lippel, guitar

from dreimaldrei gleich unendlich
[8] End Scene 8, Streetmusic (2:39)
[9] Beginning Scene 9 (2:51)
[10] The Song of Destiny (4:39)
chamber opera with live electronics
Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart. ZKM | Institut für Musik und Akustik.
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excerpts from The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges


Excerpts from
The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges (16:38)

These excerpts overlap slightly so that the playlist forms a single, evolving, unbroken musical trajectory.

Tracks:
[1] Revealing Distant Cities (3:51)
White Rabbit, Eric Hewitt conductor

[2] allen den stillen Geschwistern im Winde der Wiesen (3:32)
Philipp Stäudlin, saxophone. Peter Gilbert, electronics

[3] Meditation (1:15)
Mostly Modern Chamber Music Society, Orianna Webb conductor

[4] Elegie (2:04)
Mario Caroli, flute. Peter Gilbert, electronics

[5] the bold arch of undreamt bridges (5:54)
White Rabbit, Eric Hewitt conductor | Peter Gilbert, electronics

Biography

Peter Gilbert says of his music, "I'm asking performers to listen, to immerse themselves in the sound of the piece. I think of my role as inventing a landscape or an architecture. The music then lives through their sensitive responses to those surroundings. Fortunately, I've been lucky to have incredible collaborators throughout my life."

His work combines traditional instrumental writing with elements of improvisation, live-performed electronics, and other media. His multi-media opera dreimaldrei gleich unendlich, written with his partner, composer Karola Obermüller, was premiered in 2009 as part of the Musik der Jahrhunderte festival in Stuttgart and is featured in the "Imagining Media" exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik (Karlsruhe, Germany). Their interactive installations have been presented at the Davis Museum, Balance/Unbalance and the Global Composition conference. They were also part of a collaborative group of composers who received a Siemens Foundation grant for the experimental music theatre piece Robert S. for Theater Bonn in 2011.

Gilbert has held artist residencies at ZKM, Bourges (France), La Mortella (Italy), and Treehaven (Wisconsin), has been a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany) and has been composer-in-residence for the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Other prizes and commissions have come from the Barlow Foundation, the Russolo Foundation, the Look & Listen Festival, the Third Practice Festival, the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, the Washington International Composers Competition and the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik.

He has taught composition, electronic music, music theory and music history at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gilbert was founder and co-directer of the Young Composers Program at CIM from 2003-2010. He holds a BM from Illinois Wesleyan University, an MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a PhD from Harvard University.

Gilbert and Obermüller currently direct the composition program at the University of New Mexico.


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Program Note from The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges

"Precisely somewhere at a point in between stations of the known I find what I am looking for: the act of discovery. These pieces have all been a hands-on experience of discovery for my collaborators and me. My role as composer has been to initiate, so that the opportunity comes for something marvelous to take place. I have asked the players to go into the sound and they have bared themselves generously in service of the music. As Rilke says, it is only through unencumbered participation that miracles are possible.

I want to choose like the child who acts both with absolute freedom and absolute decision. I want the tone, this tone, to ring with the calm clarity of ease, with the intensity of sureness. Each piece is precise and we have come to understand each one in the shape and quality of a single note, a single sound—a distance at which the form of things can be better discerned.

It is the joy of a single, beautiful note that I want to consistently maintain through tears and through radiance. From this core grows the larger sound, breathing, evolving. Tones pour freely and openly into one another, sequentially and simultaneously. We are together. Individuals emerge magically out of and pass seamlessly back into the musical world surrounding them: other voices, note-rich harmonies, echoes-of-self, the spaces and silences around. The music joins the river, transcending instrumental limitation, sounding the supernatural."

Projects

dreimaldrei gleich unendlich (3x3=∞)
A multi-media opera

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The Listen
A book about challenging contemporary music

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Works
Stage & Cinema | Large Ensemble | Chamber Music | Electronics

Works for Stage & Cinema:

Robert S.. 2010-11. (Opera)
with composers Georg Katzer, Sergej Newski, Karola Obermüller and Annette Schlünz

drei mal drei gleich unendlich. 2009-10. (Multimedia Opera : 4 voices, 2 actors, clarinets, accordion, cello, live electronics & live video)
with composer Karola Obermüller

Innovation and the Fate of Nations. 2010. (Soundtrack)
with guitarist Daniel Lippel and the Peter Gilbert Singers.

Songs from the Tundra. 2008-9. (Soundtrack)
with cellist David Russell

Interior Steps. 2004. (Electronic Soundscore for Dance)

Music for Sweet Bird of Youth, by Tennessee Williams. 2004. (Incidental Music)
with Eleni Andreadis

Toward. 2002. (Live Electronic Soundscore for Dance)
Pop, Imaginary Landscapes, Clip-Clop, Toward

Music for Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard. 1997. (Incidental Music)

Works
Stage & Cinema | Large Ensemble | Chamber Music | Electronics

Large Ensemble Works:

The Ringing of Golden Balconies. 2009. (Large Wind Ensemble, Electronics)

Revealing Distant Cities. 2008. (Chamber Orchestra)

Fanfare in Memoriam. 2001. (Brass Choir: 5 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)

Pulses. 2001. (Full Orchestra : 2,2,2,2 * 4,3,3,1 * 3 + Timp. * Strings)

Terpsichoros. 1999. (Full Orchestra : 3,3,3,2 * 4,3,3,1 * Timp. * Harp * Strings)

Sculpture I: "The Prisoners". 1999 (Chamber Orchestra : 2,2,2,2 * 2,1,1,0 * 1 + Timp. * Strings)

"Dreams of You". 1999. (A: Soprano, String Quartet. B: Soprano, String Orchestra)
On an original text.

Introduction and Passacaglia. 1998. (Full Orchestra : 3,3,3,2 * 4,3,3,1 * 2 + Timp. * Harp * Strings)

Fanfare. 1997, Revised 1998 (Brass Choir: 5 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)
Works
Stage & Cinema | Large Ensemble | Chamber Music | Electronics

Chamber Music (no elec.) - PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO

Tsukimi. 2013. (8 female voices)

Si doulcement me fait Amours doloir. 2013. (Oboe, Viola)

Morning Shades. 2013. (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon)

Soon. 2012. (Piano)

By the Lonely Traveller’s Call. 2011. (Amplified Tuba)

Ricochet Remix. 2011. (Guitar, Live Electronics)

Lament of the Lusignans. 2010. (Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano)

Baptizing the Loop Station. 2008. (Electric Guitar, Electronics)

We felt the spirits so near. 2008. (Instruments, Live Electronics)

Hear as the night hollows. 2008. (Clarinet, Electronics)

Für Wilfried. 2008. (Horn – with K.Obermüller)

Elegie. 2008. (1: Flute, Live Electronics | 2: Recorder, Live Electronics)

allen den stillen Geschwistern im Winde der Wiesen. 2007. (Saxophone, Live Electronics)

the bold arch of undreamt bridges. 2006. (Fl, Cl, Sax, Bsn, Tpt, Vln, Vla, Vc, Perc, Live Electronics)

the palm of your hand touches my body. 2006. (Recorder, Live Electronics)

as it now becomes us. 2006. (String Quartet, Live Electronics)

Nenia. 2005. (Mezzo-Soprano, Guitar)

Prow's Edge. 2005. (Piano)

Works
Stage & Cinema | Large Ensemble | Chamber Music | Electronics

Chamber Music (no elec.) - PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO

"Awake & Shine: Three Hymns of New England". 2005. (Guitar, String Quartet)

"Ballade". 2003. (Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion)

"Be Your Tears Wet?". 2003. (Solo Violin)

Ricochet. 2002. (Guitar and Stereo Play)

Burn. 2002. (A: Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Cello, Piano, Percussion. B: Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion)

Xavier's New Friends. 2001. (Xylophone Solo, Percussion Quartet and Narrator) for children's concerts.

Exultation. 2001. (Organ)

Meditations. 2001. (Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello, Piano)

Three Preludes. 2001. (Viola)

Intrada. 2001. (Percussion Quartet)

Yellow Roses. 2000. (English Horn and Violin)

Epigrams for Solo Trumpet. 2000.

String Quartet No.1. 2000.

Tracings. 2000. (Horn and Piano)

Scherzabolique. 2000. (Solo Piano)

Canons for Brass Quintet. 1999.

"Dreams of You". 1999. (A: Soprano, String Quartet. B: Soprano, String Orchestra) - on an original text.

Night Songs. 1994, 1997. Revised 1998 (Bass Voice, Horn).-- on texts of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow."The Day is Done", "The Cross of Snow", "The White Czar", "Nature"

Works
Stage & Cinema | Large Ensemble | Chamber Music | Electronics

Works with Electronics - PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO

last breaths of a disappearing horizon. 2013-4. (Guitar, Live Electronics)

from The Book of Resounding Harmonies. 2013. (Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion, Live Electronics)

Spirit Steps. 2013. (Electronics)

Listening to Mountains. 2012-3. (Interactive Installation – with K.Obermüller)

Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main. 2012. (Electronics)

Ricochet Remix. 2011. (Guitar, Live Electronics)

drei mal drei gleich unendlich. 2009-10. (Multimedia Opera : 4 voices, 2 actors, clarinets, accordion, cello, live electronics & live video)
with composer Karola Obermüller

Innovation and the Fate of Nations. 2010. (Soundtrack)
with guitarist Daniel Lippel and the Peter Gilbert Singers.

The Ringing of Golden Balconies. 2009. (Large Wind Ensemble, Electronics)

An Overlapping of Spaces. 2009. (Interactive Museum Installation – with K.Obermüller)

Songs from the Tundra. 2008-9. (Soundtrack)
with cellist David Russell

Baptizing the Loop Station. 2008. (Electric Guitar, Electronics)

Flexible Passages. 2008. (Live Electronics) for Flexible Music

We felt the spirits so near. 2008. (Instruments, Live Electronics)

Hear as the night hollows. 2008. (Clarinet, Electronics)

Works
Stage & Cinema | Large Ensemble | Chamber Music | Electronics

Works with Electronics - PAGE ONE | PAGE TWO

Elegie. 2008. (1: Flute, Live Electronics | 2: Recorder, Live Electronics)

allen den stillen Geschwistern im Winde der Wiesen. 2007. (Saxophone, Live Electronics)

Passages. 2007-8. (Electronics) for Sustenance (NewFocus)

the bold arch of undreamt bridges. 2006. (Fl, Cl, Sax, Bsn, Tpt, Vln, Vla, Vc, Perc, Live Electronics)

the palm of your hand touches my body. 2006. (Recorder, Live Electronics)

as it now becomes us. 2006. (String Quartet, Live Electronics)

The Bourges Pods. 2004. (Quad or Stereo Play)
Stop the Presses, Northern Lights, Ohm

Interior Steps. 2004. (Electronic Soundscore for Dance)

Music for Sweet Bird of Youth, by Tennessee Williams. 2004. (Incidental Music)
with Eleni Andreadis

Prelude Fantasies. 2004. (Quad or Stereo Play)

Hyperburn. 2004. (Quad or Stereo Play)

Blow, Bugle, Blow. 2003. (Stereo Play)

Ricochet. 2002. (Guitar and Stereo Play)

Rituals. 2002. (Stereo Play)

Interlude. 2002. (Stereo Play)
Teaching

The composition program at the University of New Mexico offers students a wealth of learning opportunities on the way towards achieving either a Bachlers or Masters degree in Music (BM & MM). Gilbert teaches composition courses and individual studio lessons alongside an outstanding collection of teachers and musicians.

Studying Composition at UNM [pdf]


Gilbert delivering a talk on gesture at the University of Glasgow.